Why make window quilts? Well, they stop the flow of warmed air over the window where it’s cooled. Windows have a constant loop of warmed air being cooled. That’s not a good thing to happen when the price of heating our homes is a big expense. If you’re trying to cut down expenses, window quilts help. Window quilts can be made very pretty and fancy but it’s not necessary.
Actually they don’t even have to be quilts, using blankets or fleece will work…. just not as well. The idea is similar to layering clothing to keep warm. The more layers, the more pockets of air that’s trapped, the better the insulation against cold.
I made these window quilts very quickly because I only have a few days to get them done and installed before my daughter and grand daughter move into my house. It’s better for me to do this work while there’s no furniture in the rooms. I’ll work on prettier and better made ones later.
The first thing I did was quilt some fabric. If you don’t have access to a quilting machine then go to a thrift store and buy some blankets. You will be cutting them up so don’t go to a lot of expense for these. Just get something that will look pretty with your decor.
This window is 37 X 68. So that’s the size I cut the quilt. There is no binding and no hem. Just a plain zig-zag around the edges. Like I said… I’m in a hurry to get these installed. We are also expecting colder weather in a few days.
Next I measured up from the bottom 24 inches and drew a straight line with a wash out marker. Why 24″? Well, that’s about 1/3 the height of the window. You’ll understand this measurement when you see how the quilt operates on the window.
Next I got out some of these. As you can see, I bought them on sale. I’ve been gathering supplies for my window quilts for a few months. I rarely buy non-edible things that are not on sale. That’s why it takes me so long to get things done. Gotta wait for the sales.
So now it looks like this.
In order to show you how the strings are attached I left my window quilt laying on the table. I can’t take pictures and do the work at the same time. This is for demonstration only. Normally, I wouldn’t attach or cut any strings until I’ve actually put the quilt on the window. This is merely to show you the operation. I’ll explain a better way of doing the strings in a minute.
When you get to the top go across the top….
until you get to the bottom. Leave a foot or more of extra string and cut it off.
Do the same thing with all the other rings.
Now it’s time to install the quilt on the window. Oops! I gotta clean the window and put plastic on it first. Eeewww! More icky stuff. Can you tell I’m way behind on spring cleaning?
Ok, icky stuff cleaned up and plastic installed on the window. Next the metal eye hooks are put at the top of the window frame. Eyeball evenly spaced. Here’s a couple of pictures of how the strings will look along the top. See how the strings go up to an eye hook and over to one side? Each string goes through it’s own eye hook……
On the side they look like this.
A much better way of doing the strings is to attach the window quilt first, then lay the string ball on the floor, run the string up through the outside eye hook and over to the eye hook above it’s cabone ring. Then down to the sewn cabone ring and tie it. Then on the side cut the string a length longer than the window.
Now for the operation of the window quilt. I needed some of these. Yup! Bought on discount sale too. Yes, I do plan months ahead of the work and start searching for just the right stuff. Sometimes I get lucky and it doesn’t take months to find everything.
This is how the window quilt will operate. Just like any pull up shade. This is how it looks when open.
In order for my window quilts to be kid safe I make a series of knots in the strings. Like this. These are about 3 inches apart though it doesn’t look like it in the picture. That’s the reason for all the extra length of string. Knotting shortens the length.